No soliciting! Orange man arrested for panhandling
Police arrested one man in Orange on Tuesday, June 18, after the man violated a solicitation ordinance by asking drivers stopped at an intersection for money.
According to a report from the Orange Police Department, officers arrested Orange resident Raymond Lamar Ross after the man was repeatedly seen panhandling around the city. On the day of the arrest, Sergeant John Arnold reportedly saw Ross soliciting cash from a concrete island at 16th Street and South Lutcher Drive, the Interstate 10 service road, at approximately 1:39 p.m. Arnold approached the suspect, who he recognized on sight, and the driver of the vehicle who he saw handing something to Ross. The driver of the car admitted he gave Ross some change after Ross asked for it.
Arnold reported Ross "made a body gesture of frustration" and shouted an obscenity upon the officer activating his emergency lights. When questioned by Arnold, Ross conceded that he had been warned several times about soliciting. Arnold reported that a check of police records confirmed Ross was warned twice on June 17, the day before, and he himself had warned Ross several times for soliciting in the same location.
Ross was arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail for the ordinance violation, soliciting from the roadway.